Saturday, September 6, 2008

Josh is Turining Sweet "16" on September 11

Yes, Josh will be 16 on Thursday, September 11. Time does fly. He is staying with us this week while his parents are in California. My daughter, Suzy and her husband are celebrating their tenth Wedding Anniversary today. They are renewing their vows, at 2 o'clock this afternoon, on the beach at Avila. Her sister and brother are coming from Bakersfield and some of her girl friends from high school plan to be there. So we have Josh for the week and boy is it hard to keep up with a teenager at my age!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Robert and Lucinda Keck Hopper were my Great Grandparents.
Robert and Lucinda married in Johnson County Missouri and moved to the area of Jane and Caverna in McDonald County, Missouri by 1860. They resided on a farm in Section 23 of White Rock Township for some 40 years. The 1876 Special Census shows that Robert could not read or write but that Lucinda could (this is supported by the deed records that were signed by Lucinda but signed by Robert with an X.) Lucinda's father died when she was thirteen and she married Robert at fifteen. Her first child was born at age seventeen and her last at forty-four. As a housewife and mother, Lucinda's responsibilities included all areas of child rearing, food preservation and preparation, home maintenance, and clothing production.
Robert and Lucinda had been married just over fifty-seven years when she died in February of 1909 at the age of seventy-two. He died in August 1915 when he was almost eighty-two years old. Both are buried in White Rock Cemetery, Jane, Missouri.
Robert's mother, Mary "Polly" Davenport, was the daughter of Martin Davenport, a Revolutionary War hero. Martin fought at the Battle of King's Mountain in Tennessee.

The second picture is Martha Catherine Hopper Davenport and Susan Suphronia Hopper Montgomery, daughters of Robert and Lucinda.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


These are pictures of my Grandparents, James Garrison and Molly Adams Hopper. They are the parents of my Dad and my Aunt Ann that just passed away. The first picture was taken around 1900 with their first two children, Daisy and Ollie. They had a total of eleven children. I am not sure when the second picture was taken but the newpaper article was written about 1953. James (Jim) was born October 31, 1873 in Jane, McDonald Co., Missouri and died October 6, 1953 in Seminole, Seminole Co., Oklahoma. Molly was born January 16, 1877 in Bentonville, Benton Co., Arkansas and died January 25, 1956 in Broken Arrow, Tulsa Co., Oklahoma. They are both buried in Little Cemetery in Little, Oklahoma just outside of Seminole, Oklahoma. They were married January 1, 1984 in Albion, Indiana Territory, Oklahoma. (Pushmataha Co.)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Saying Good-Bye to an Angel...

My dear Aunt Ann passed away on Saturday, August 30, at age 94. She was
so lovely, so funny, so much fun. She was the last of my father's family.
My dad's older sister by three years. Oh, what a pair they were when they
were together! She will be missed by me so much!
Oh, the stories she gave me for my genealogy hunting.
She had me laughing so hard a few months back that I fell off the
couch, I mean I was really in the floor.
I loved her so and will miss her sooooooooo much. Angel went home this week-end.

Sunday, August 31, 2008



I only know the names of two angels. Hark and Harold. Gregory, 5

Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it. Olive, 9

It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to heaven, then there's still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes. Matthew, 9

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else. Mitchell, 7

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science. Henry, 8

Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from holy cows. Jack, 6

Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven. The basic message is where you went wrong before you got dead. Daniel, 9

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado. Reagan, 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go north for the winter. Sara, 6

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who's a very good carpenter. Jared , 8

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it. Antonio, 9

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth. Katelynn, 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the kid get over it. Vicki, 8

What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.
Sarah, 7